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Kelli is an American soldier returning from a term of duty in foreign lands. While she was spared combat overseas, she finds nothing but domestic conflict at home, where everything has changed. Her town now seems drab, her day job dreary, and her marriage suddenly lifeless. Kelli numbs the pain with alcohol, systematically pushing away the only thing that her affection never dulled for – her two little girls. With politics and flashbacks absent, this powerful drama skillfully leaves the film with room to present a sharp study of depression. It also serves as a timely reminder that a soldier’s return doesn’t end with an ecstatic embrace at an air base.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar-winner for this tense action film about mentally pressured bomb squad specialists in Iraq.
14–16 years 126 mins
Based on the World War I experience of soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon, who suffered a mental breakdown on realising there was no point to the fighting
All ages 108 mins
This war film is an emotionally devastating drama with humorous touches.
16+ years 113 mins
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